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Kempe, Arnold E.

House 1975-78 (District 67A)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Dakota, Ramsey


Date of Birth: 1/23/1927
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Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Reported Minority: None Reported
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City of Residence (when first elected): West Saint Paul
Occupation (when first elected): Lawyer


Humboldt High School; Secondary;
University of Minnesota; B.A.; 1950
University of Minnesota, Law School; J.D.; 1956


Military: United States Marine Corps (World War II); 194? to 19??
Municipal Mayor: West St. Paul, Minnesota (City Mayor); 1958 to 1963
Municipal Attorney: West St. Paul, Minnesota (City Attorney); 1964 to 1974


Spouse: Elizabeth
Children: Three children: William, Mary, and Annette
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Raymond J. Kempe  - Brother


He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives in the 1978 election. Robert L. Pavlak was seated but the seat became the subject of a contested election. The House voted to unseat Robert L. Pavlak on May 18, 1979 due to charges of unfair campaign practices. The seat was declared vacant. Frank J. Rodriguez, Sr. won the special election.

Religion provided by the Catholic Bulletin, 3/21/1975.

Total Days Served: 1457


70th Legislative Session (1977-1978)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 67A
Elected: 11/2/1976
Residence: West Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/4/1977 to 1/2/1979
Counties Represented: Dakota, Ramsey
Occupation: Lawyer, Kempe and Murphy Law Firm
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
  • Criminal Justice
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Taxes

69th Legislative Session (1975-1976)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 67A
Elected: 11/5/1974
Residence: West Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/7/1975 to 1/3/1977
Counties Represented: Dakota, Ramsey
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Higher Education
  • Taxes
Articles & Books About
Scheibel, et al. v. Pavlak, Contested Election. Minnesota Journal of the House, May 14, 15, 16, 18, and 21, 1979, p. 2246-2248, 2345-2356, 2449-2450, 2501-2502, 2574-2580, 2667-2668, 3606-3610, 3616-3617.

The Minnesota Legislative Reference Library has collected newspaper articles on legislators since 1973. They are available in the Library.